Razer Viper Mini Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 19, 2020 at 09:18 am
Razer Viper Mini Picture
7.2
Office/Multimedia
8.7
Video Games (FPS)
7.7
Video Games (MMO)
9.0
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.1
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Razer Viper Mini is an excellent wired gaming mouse. It's the smaller version of the regular Razer Viper and is one of the lightest mice we've tested so far. While its sensor performance isn't quite as good as the other mice in the Viper lineup, it's still superb and its low click latency ensures a responsive and lag-free gaming experience. Due to its small size, it's best suited for a fingertip grip, and any hand size should be able to use it with this grip type. Unfortunately, it doesn't have as many additional side buttons as the other Viper mice, but on the bright side, every button is programmable.

Our Verdict

7.2 Office/Multimedia

The Razer Viper Mini is a good mouse for office or multimedia use. Its straightforward design feels comfortable enough to last a full work day and it has two additional buttons on the left side which can be reprogrammed. Unfortunately, its mouse wheel doesn't have any L/R tilt buttons or horizontal scrolling to help scroll through Excel spreadsheets. Its scroll wheel is also incremented and can't be unlocked to infinite scroll through long websites or large documents. On the bright side, the mouse is compatible with both Windows and macOS, and while you can only customize it on a Windows PC, you can save your settings on the mouse and use them on a Mac.

Pros
  • Very lightweight.
  • Outstandingly low click latency.
  • Superb sensor performance.
  • Great cable with minimal kinks and drag.
Cons
  • Small design may not be comfortable for larger hands.
  • CPI range isn't as wide and adjustable as most Razer mice.
8.7 Video Games (FPS)

The Razer Viper Mini is a superb FPS gaming mouse. It's very lightweight, and its incredibly low click latency means even competitive gamers shouldn't notice any delay or lag. The sensor performance is also excellent, and while its max CPI isn't quite as high as some other options, it's likely still higher than most people will use. Every button on the mouse can be reprogrammed within the software, and the cable is flexible and doesn't create drag on the desk. The mouse is also quite comfortable and should be suitable for any hand size with a fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Very lightweight.
  • Outstandingly low click latency.
  • Superb sensor performance.
  • Great cable with minimal kinks and drag.
Cons
  • Small design may not be comfortable for larger hands.
  • CPI range isn't as wide and adjustable as most Razer mice.
7.7 Video Games (MMO)

While the Razer Viper Mini is a very good mouse for MMO games thanks to its outstanding sensor performance and click latency, it doesn't have nearly as many additional buttons as dedicated MMO mice. There are only two additional side buttons, though every button on the mouse can be remapped, and you can set a profile switch button to add an additional layer. The Viper Mini should be comfortable and well-built enough to last through the longest of gaming marathons.

Pros
  • Very lightweight.
  • Outstandingly low click latency.
  • Superb sensor performance.
  • Great cable with minimal kinks and drag.
Cons
  • Small design may not be comfortable for larger hands.
  • CPI range isn't as wide and adjustable as most Razer mice.
9.0 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Razer Viper Mini is a remarkable mouse for fans of ultra-light gaming. Despite having a traditional, non-honeycomb pattern, it's still among one of the lightest mice we've tested so far. Its gaming performance and click latency are both superb, and it should be quite comfortable for any size hand with a fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Very lightweight.
  • Outstandingly low click latency.
  • Superb sensor performance.
  • Great cable with minimal kinks and drag.
Cons
  • Small design may not be comfortable for larger hands.
  • CPI range isn't as wide and adjustable as most Razer mice.
5.1 Travel

The Razer Viper Mini isn't recommended for travel. Like most wired gaming mice, it's designed to stay at home with your gaming setup, and its wired-only design will likely be cumbersome in a tight space, like on a plane. On the bright side, it's quite small and lightweight, and should easily fit into most larger laptop cases.

Pros
  • Very lightweight.
  • Outstandingly low click latency.
  • Superb sensor performance.
  • Great cable with minimal kinks and drag.
Cons
  • Small design may not be comfortable for larger hands.
  • CPI range isn't as wide and adjustable as most Razer mice.
  • 7.2 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.7 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.7 Video Games (MMO)
  • 9.0 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.1 Travel
  1. Updated Oct 05, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The Razer Viper Mini looks almost identical to the larger Razer Viper, but slightly shrunk down. It shares the same sleek, all-black design, but on top of having an RGB logo on the back, the Mini also has a small strip of RGB around the bottom rear of the mouse. It also has a CPI switch button below the mouse wheel.

Design
Shape
Length 4.6" (117 mm)
Height 1.5" (39 mm)
Width 2.4" (61 mm)
Grip Width
60 mm
5.8
Design
Portability
Volume
16.96 Cu. Inch (278 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

Like most wired gaming mice, the Razer Viper Mini isn't the most portable, and it's intended to stay at home with your gaming setup. While the mouse is likely small enough to fit into most larger laptop cases, the wire may be cumbersome and make it difficult to use in smaller spaces, like on a plane.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
87 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
61 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
61 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

The Razer Viper Mini is extremely lightweight, especially if you use a bungee for the wire. Due to its smaller size, it's a bit lighter than the regular Razer Viper. However, if you want something even lighter, check out the Glorious Model O Minus.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

This mouse feels very well-built and solid. Its build quality is the same as the regular Razer Viper or the Razer Viper Ultimate, and there's no rattling or wobbling. The feet slide well and feel slightly better than the ones found on the regular Viper.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

While this mouse is very comfortable to use, its smaller size makes it slightly less comfortable than the regular Razer Viper or the Razer Viper Ultimate. Unlike the regular Viper, there are no grips on the sides, so it may slide a little more during extended gaming sessions.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
No

Due to its small size, this mouse won't be comfortable to use with a palm grip for most people. Only those with small hands will likely be able to comfortable palm grip this mouse without their fingers sticking too far off the front.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
No

Due to its small form factor, using a claw grip requires heavy curling of the fingers if you have larger hands. If you use a claw grip, it'll likely be most comfortable for people with small or medium hands.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse is best used with a fingertip grip. Due to its small size, this is the recommended grip type, and anyone should be able to use it comfortably with a fingertip grip.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No

The Razer Viper Mini is a wired-only mouse.

8.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The cable on the Razer Viper Mini is great. It uses the same cable that comes packaged with the Razer Viper Ultimate, and is slightly more flexible and maintains fewer kinks than the regular Razer Viper's cable.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3359
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
8500 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-10 %
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz
7.8
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Optical And Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
14
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

Unlike other mice in the Viper lineup that have two side buttons on both the left and right side of the mouse, the Razer Viper Mini only has two additional buttons on the left side. On the bright side, you can reprogram every button on the mouse, including the up/down scroll. You can also set one of the buttons to switch profiles, giving you extra layers. If you'd like a G-Shift button that gives you a second layer of customization, check out the Logitech G MX518 Legendary.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

The mouse wheel of the Razer Viper Mini is incremented and feels similar to the other Viper mice. It's fairly quiet and feels sturdy with no wobble. On the downside, there's no L/R tilt buttons or horizontal scrolling.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
9.0
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
6 ms

The click latency of the Razer Viper Mini is superb. Even competitive gamers shouldn't notice any delay or lag.

Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The Razer Viper Mini is compatible with Razer's Synapse 3 software to customize the button mapping or RGB lighting. It also has on-board memory, so you can save your settings to the mouse and switch computers without losing your settings, which is great.

8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

The Razer Viper Mini works with both Windows and macOS out-of-the-box, but since the software can't be installed on macOS, you can't remap any of the buttons. Luckily, this mouse has on-board memory, so you can reprogram the settings on a Windows PC, and maintain them when you switch to a Mac.

Compared To Other Mice

The Razer Viper Mini is the smaller version of the Razer Viper. Its sensor performance isn't quite as good as the other mice in the Viper line, though it's still outstanding. Those with larger hands may want to consider the Razer Viper or the Razer Viper Ultimate, but if you like ultra-light mice, the Mini is likely the way to go. You can also check out our recommendations for the best mice, the best wired mice, and the best FPS mice.

Razer Viper

The Razer Viper Mini and the regular Razer Viper are both excellent wired gaming mice. The Mini is a bit lighter and smaller, making it better for fans of ultra-light mice or those with smaller hands. The cable of the Mini feels a bit better and maintains fewer kinks, but the sensor performance of the regular Viper is better, and it has a wider and more adjustable CPI range. The full-sized Viper also has two additional buttons on both sides, as opposed to just on the left side of the Mini. 

Glorious Model O

The Razer Viper Mini and the Glorious Model O are two excellent gaming mice. The Razer is lighter than the Glorious Model O, although the Model O minus is even lighter. The Razer Viper Mini is also smaller than the Model O and should be closer in size to the Model O minus. The cable on the Model O feels slightly lighter.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini

The Razer Viper Mini and the Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini are both excellent gaming mice, but the Viper Mini performs a bit better. The Viper Mini's click latency is slightly lower, and it has a slightly better CPI consistency. The mice are almost identical in size and weight, although the DeathAdder V2 Mini is slightly bigger and heavier, but not by much. Also, both are best suited for a fingertip grip.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 and the Razer Viper Mini are two fairly similar performing mice, but they're made for different grips. The DeathAdder V2 is more suited for a claw grip while the Viper Mini is great for a fingertip grip. They both have similar lightweight cables, but the body of the Viper Mini is noticeably lighter than the DeathAdder V2. On the other hand, the DeathAdder V2 has Razer's latest high-end sensor, which performs slightly better than the Viper Mini's sensor.

SteelSeries Rival 3

The Razer Viper Mini is a better wired gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Rival 3. The Mini is lighter, feels better built, is more comfortable, has a better cable, and has lower click latency. On the other hand, the Rival 3's software is compatible with both Windows and macOS, and the mouse is better suited for claw grip for people with any hand size.

Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED

The Razer Viper Mini is a better gaming mouse than the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED. The Razer is a very lightweight wired-only mouse well-suited for any hand-size using a fingertip grip. It has more programmable inputs, a much lower click latency, and better feet that glide more smoothly. That said, the Logitech's sensor is somewhat better-suited for gaming with a wider CPI range that you can adjust more precisely, a lot less CPI variation, and a lower lift-off distance. However, it’s a lot heavier, which may bother some FPS gamers. On the plus side, it's a good option for the office or while traveling due to its wireless design.

Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town

The Razer Viper Mini is a better wired gaming mouse than the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town. The Mini is better for people with extra-large hands when using a fingertip grip, has a lower click latency, RGB lighting, a wider CPI range, and has software available to customize the mouse and remap the buttons. On the other hand, the Ultralight 2 is even lighter, making it a better option for fans of the lightest possible gaming experience.

Logitech G502 HERO

The Razer Viper Mini and the Logitech G502 HERO are both very good FPS gaming mice with completely different designs. The Razer is a fantastic option for fans of ultra-light gaming. It’s much smaller, significantly lighter, and has an ambidextrous design well-suited for a fingertip grip. On the other hand, the Logitech has more of an ergonomic shape with a thumb rest on the left side, but it’s fairly heavy. It should be a better fit for people with larger hands. Its sensor performs a bit better than the Razer, with a wider CPI range that you can adjust more precisely, a lot less CPI variation, and a lower lift-off distance.

Razer DeathAdder Elite

The Razer Viper Mini is a slightly better gaming mouse than the Razer DeathAdder Elite. The Mini is very lightweight and feels well-built and comfortable, though larger hands may have a hard time using it with a palm or a claw grip. It has better feet, a more flexible cable, and a much lower click latency. That said, the Elite has a wider CPI range that you can adjust very precisely and that’s more consistent. It also has a lower lift-off distance. It should be a better fit for larger hands using any grip types, while smaller hands may have a hard time using it with a claw or a fingertip grip.

Cooler Master MM710

The Razer Viper Mini is a better wired gaming mouse than the Cooler Master MM710. The Mini feels much better-built, is a bit more comfortable, has lower click latency, and has more programmable buttons. On the other hand, the MM710 is even lighter, and has a higher max CPI, though few people will likely ever use it at its max CPI setting.

Glorious Model O-

The Razer Viper Mini is better than the Glorious Model O Minus. The Razer has more total programmable buttons and much lower click latency. However, the Glorious is slightly lighter and is a better choice for those with medium or large hands.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D and the Razer Viper Mini are both amazing gaming mice, but the Razer performs a bit better overall. The Razer is slightly smaller and lighter, it has a lot more programmable inputs, and its click latency is lower. The Glorious features two RGB strips on the sides and around the scroll wheel and has a honeycomb body, which some people may prefer. Its bigger shape makes it more suitable for larger hands.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate is a slightly better gaming mouse than the Razer Viper Mini. The Mini is wired-only, while the Ultimate can be used wired or wirelessly. The Ultimate is slightly more comfortable due to its larger size, has more programmable buttons, and has a wider and more adjustable CPI range. While the Ultimate may be better for people with larger hands, smaller hands will likely get a better grip with the Mini, especially if using a fingertip grip.

Logitech G203 Prodigy

The Razer Viper Mini is a slightly better mouse overall than the Logitech G203 Prodigy. The Razer is an excellent wired gaming mouse that’s very lightweight and well-suited for any hand-sizes using a fingertip grip. It has better feet and more programmable inputs. Its click latency is also much lower and should result in a very responsive gaming experience. On the other hand, the Logitech’s sensor allows you to adjust the CPI more precisely and is also much more consistent, with almost no CPI variation. The Logitech can also be a better option if you’re planning to use your mouse on macOS, as it’s fully compatible with it.

Glorious Model D-

The Razer Viper Mini is better overall than the Glorious Model D Minus. The Razer feels much better-built, has lower click latency, more programmable buttons, and it's suitable for small hands using the fingertip grip. However, the Glorious is better-suited for medium or large-sized hands and it has a better cable.

Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse

The Razer Viper Mini is an amazing gaming mouse that’s slightly better than the Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse. The Razer is wired-only, and it’s quite a bit smaller and lighter. It has an ambidextrous design that’s well-suited for any hand-sizes using a fingertip grip. It also has a remarkably low click latency. On the other hand, the Logitech is a very good option if you prefer something wireless. It’s somewhat bigger and quite a bit heavier, but it has a wider CPI range, a bit less CPI variation, and a lower lift-off distance.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste

The Razer Viper Mini and the HyperX Pulsefire Haste are both excellent ultra-light gaming mice. The HyperX features a honeycomb design, while the Razer has a plain body, but both are very light and weigh almost the same. The Razer has a lot more programmable inputs, as it allows you to cycle through different profiles directly on the mouse. It also has a much lower click latency. On the other hand, the HyperX is slightly more comfortable and is suitable for a lot more hand sizes and grip types, especially if you have larger hands. It also has a lower lift-off distance and a wider CPI range with a lot less variation.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro Wireless and the Razer Viper Mini are both excellent gaming mice. The Logitech is a bit more versatile as you can use it wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It’s also well-suited for almost all hand sizes using any grip type. Performance-wise, it has a wiper CPI range, practically no CPI variation, and a lower lift-off distance. It also has four side buttons, while the Razer only has two. That said, the Razer performs better for ultra-light gaming as it’s smaller and considerably lighter. It’s well-suited for any hand size using a fingertip grip.

XTRFY M4 RGB

Overall, the Razer Viper Mini is better than the XTRFY M4 RGB. The Razer is lighter, it has lower click latency, and it allows you to make finer adjustments to the performance settings because it has software support. On the other hand, the XTRFY is better suited for a palm or claw grip thanks to its more ergonomic shape. It also has a lower lift-off distance and a more consistent sensor.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Razer Viper Mini and the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT are both excellent FPS and ultra-light gaming mice. The Logitech is a bit more versatile, as you can use it wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It’s slightly bigger than the Razer, making it well-suited for almost all hand sizes using any grip type. It also has a wider CPI range, almost no CPI variation, and a lower lift-off distance. That said, the Razer has a better cable and more programmable input, and it’s well-suited for any hand size using a fingertip grip.

Logitech G403 HERO

The Razer Viper Mini and the Logitech G403 HERO are both excellent FPS gaming mice. The Razer is smaller and significantly lighter, making it a fantastic choice for ultra-light gaming. However, people with larger hands may have a hard time using it with a palm or a claw grip. On the contrary, the Logitech may not be ideal for people with smaller hands using a claw or a fingertip grip. That said, it has a better sensor with a wider CPI range, almost no CPI variation, and a lower lift-off distance.

ROCCAT Burst Pro

The Razer Viper Mini is a better ultra-light gaming mouse than the ROCCAT Burst Pro. The Razer weighs even less than the ROCCAT, despite not having a honeycomb pattern, and has a lower click latency. However, it’s not the best option for people with large hands as they won’t feel comfortable using a palm or a claw grip. On the other hand, the ROCCAT is suitable for most hand sizes using any grip types, though smaller hands may have a harder time using a fingertip or a claw grip. The ROCCAT also has a wider CPI range and lower lift-off distance. 

Cooler Master MM720

The Cooler Master MM720 is slightly better than the Razer Viper Mini for ultra-light gaming. The Cooler Master is lighter, feels more comfortable for right-handed use, and has a much wider CPI range. However, the Razer is ambidextrous, has more programmable buttons, and the sensor is slightly more consistent.

Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless

The Razer Viper Mini is better than the Corsair KATAR PRO Wireless. The Razer feels better built, has more programmable buttons, and has a lower lift-off distance than the Corsair. However, the Corsair has wireless capabilities, its sensor is more consistent, and the Corsair iCUE software has better compatibility.

Logitech G MX518 Legendary

The Razer Viper Mini is better than the Logitech G MX518. The Razer feels better built, has a better cable, a much lower click latency, and its feet glide better. However, the Logitech has a better sensor and a wider CPI range that can be adjusted more precisely, and since it's a larger mouse, it should be more comfortable than the Razer for larger-sized hands.

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